I keep finding interesting things on Masterforce's blog. There's a whole bit here about errors on tech specs. Enough to blow Shockprowl's mind. I'd no idea that the graphs for the seeeeeeee-oooh-trike planes were all the wrong way round for a start.
Can't believe you didn't notice Sideswipe and Sunstreaker? It's been pointed out here a few times. It's why Sunstreaker has a out of place red sticker for his rear sides: he should have been red like the Diaclone version
The complete egotist, Sunstreaker thinks he is the most beautiful thing on Earth. Loves his sleek styling, contemptuous of other Autobot race cars (particularly his twin Sideswipe). Fires laser-guided ground-to-air rockets and high energy electron pulses at 300 bursts/sec. Tough polymer-steel skin resists artillery. Not a team player. Can be baited into dangerous situations, but is a very calm, competent, and ruthless war machine.
Sideswipe is sleeker than Sunstreaker due to the lack of a Supercharger.
The laser-guided ground-to-air rockets is Sideswipe's missile launcher
The high energy electron pulses is Sideswipe's gun.
Sideswipe is nearly the equal of his twin brother, Sunstreaker, in the combat arts, but less cold blooded. Relishes a fight to the finish with an opponent. Uses underhanded tactics when absolutely necessary. Arms act as powerful pile drivers. Flies for up to 2 minutes with rocket backpack. Fires flares visible for 18 miles. Rash actions often lead to injuries to himself. Takes them all in stride.
The rocket backpack is Sunstreaker's Supercharger, the silver thing on the car roof, which end up mounted on the robot's back.
The pile drivers are the missiles for the arms,
The flares are the missiles stored in the shoulders.
I just don't see. Sunstreaker's tech spec just describes Sunstreaker.
I see it, but I also don't see it. I... unngh... the rocket backpack and sleekness are the main question-marks for me in this drama. The rockets and the like I can except. Well, apart from the fact Sideswipe's rifle isn't explained in his Techspecs, and Sunstreaker has the rockets, but kinda not the electro-blast jobbies. It... It *does* fit swapped around, I haven't decided yet if it fits better or not... I certainly don't think I could ever swap them around now after 30 years.
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
In Autobot mode, Sunstreaker wears a right shoulder-mounted, laser-guided, ground-to-air missile launcher. Each missile is the equivalent of 450 lbs. of TNT and can down a Decepticon jet fighter at a maximum distance of 37.5 miles. He also carries an electron-pulse gun capable of emitting at 300 bursts per second a beam of highly energized electrons
Show me the launcher on the right shoulder. Show me his gun.
Did Sideswipe or Sunstreaker appear in the TF profile features in Transformers UK during the double digit issue numbers before the A to Z series started? If so can someone get me a scan?
(and remind me what the feature was called)
It was called Fact File and Sideswipe is in issue #9 and Sunstreaker #11. I've been cataloguing the contents of each issue as I've been re-reading them, however those actual issues are now back in the box in my vault (read: old bedroom at parents' house). If they aren't forthcoming from scans (someone must have scans surely?) I can photograph them on Sunday.
Fact File, incidentally, ran from issue #3 to #19 and seems to have ended with the first redesign of the layout.